One student responded by saying they were working on some "wonderments." What a great response! Things that children wonder about lead to great writing pieces.
Unfortunately, the teacher responded by telling the student they needed to remember to put ending punctuation at the end of every sentence. He felt proud of the interaction; he thought working on "wonderments" was a pointless activity, and was confident he had given the child a great direction to go.
As writers, and teachers of writers, we need to realize that every writer is different, and often the way we arrive at the "end" of a writing piece involves a twisted journey, with lots of crossroads. We have to celebrate the wondering that children engage in.
William Stafford wrote these wise words about writing as he dealt with the importance of process instead of substance:
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We have to nurture writers' confidence. We have to celebrate their elation. We have to keep it free...